Macau Overview

Off the southern coast of China, 70 km from Hong Kong, the island territory of Macau is emerging rapidly as a world travel destination: the Asian Las Vegas, featuring an Asian spin on the many things to do in Las Vegas. Formerly a Portuguese colony, Macau (also spelled “Macao”) is the oldest European settlement in China, serving for 400 years as a gateway for cultural exchange between the East and West. Fusing cultures from Asia and Europe, this fascinating territory was handed back to the People’s Republic of China in 1999, by the Portuguese government.

Macau Attractions

The name “Macau” loosely means “Gateway” or “Door.” And a perfect name that is: Macau history shows that its role has been exactly that, a gateway between East and West. The settlement of Macao by Portuguese navigators in the mid-16th century empowered nearly five centuries of cultural and economic exchange between Europe and Asia. Today, Macau remains a gateway, encouraging development by granting business licenses to western casino financiers, bringing Las Vegas into the mix. Whether you look at Macau’s architecture, its food, or its music, Macau culture is all about fusion. Old and new stand together, east and western influences mixed.

Macau Hotels

Macau China is one of the world’s oldest gaming destinations. Macau’s 20 million visitors overwhelmingly come simply to gamble at the casino tables that were licensed by its Portuguese rulers back in 1847. For 40 years until 2002, Stanley Ho's Sociedade do Jogos de Macau (SJM, Portuguese for Macau Gaming Society) held a monopoly on casinos.


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